BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - Bike Baton Rouge is partnering with the Southern University Agricultural Research & Extension Center to raise money and awareness for breast cancer during October, which of course is Breast Cancer Awareness Month.
The non-profit organization will be supporting the 10th Annual Pink Party with a Purpose with a "Pink Bike Ride," which will be held on Friday, November 4 on Southern's main campus. Bike Baton Rouge plans to donate $5 from each new membership, which includes a pink Bike Baton Rouge t-shirt and $3 from each individual t-shirt sale.
"Women respond better to treatment both when supported by community and when getting regular exercise. Bicycling with friends is an ideal way to do that - residential streets and designated bike routes are the perfect way to explore our city, get some exercise, and deepen connections with friends," said Jessica Stroope, a Bike Baton Rouge member and volunteer.
Statistics from the League of American Bicyclists show that female cyclists are less likely to bike on roads without bicycle infrastructure, so getting regular exericse through bicycling can be more difficult than it sounds. The statistics note that on average, women will bike five minutes more than men to access a bicycle facility such as a bike trail or lane.
Bike Baton Rouge hopes that its newly released Baton Rouge Bike Map will be a helpful resource to help women (and men) find safe ways to get around Baton Rouge on a bike.
You can become a member of Bike Baton Rouge and purchase one of their pink t-shirts here. T-shirts will also be available at the event.